Lazy day

Didn’t get up till 10.30! Shock horror! Apart from going outside in the night to check that Jen’s car hadn’t been stolen. (This was because Ralph started barking and a car seemed to be on the drive, probably just turning round.)

Took Ralph out for his walk and he met four dogs but none of them were really in the mood to play.Buddy tried to run about but was feeling sore because he had gone off adventuring one morning and had scratched himself. Two were rather small and obviously thought Ralph was rather alarming and the other was a guest staying at Buddy’s house who was more interested in chewing up a stick. It was a beautiful day, really spring like.

It’s funny how you feel more tired when you’ve had a load of sleep. Nigel’s snoring in the chair and I’ve been lying on the bed cuddling Ralph.

I’m wondering how many people will be asking for bird flu vaccinations tomorrow. It’s been made very clear that such a thing is not available and won’t be until bird flu mutates. Mind you, you can understand why people get confused. There are two messages being given out a the moment, there’s an infinitesimal risk of the Suffolk outbreak spreading to people but if it did it would be very serious. After the foot and mouth debacle it’s not surprising people are unwilling to trust Defra. What was it called before? Can’t remember! Maybe the Ministry of Making a Collosal Cock Up and Killing Loads of Animals.

Trouble is, I can’t see the people of this country coping with anything that would affect their lifestyles. You’ve only got to see what supermarkets are like if there is even a whiff of a shortage. It’s the greatest way to sell something, saying it’s in short supply.

People cannot cope with symptoms for long either. There is very little allowing things to run their course or trusting nature to fix things. A few sneezes or a cough and it’s ” I must have an urgent appointment” (in between the hairdresser and the shopping)!

A cold is never a cold either it’s always flu . Flu is when you cannot get out of bed and walk across the road even if you are promised £1000 for doing so.

Oh dear, I seem to be getting on to my soapbox. It is odd though, isn’t it how a headache has to be called migraine, a cold flu, etc. Maybe it all dates back to getting extra care when you were little and you had something wrong, people want that sort of cherishing and feel they have to exaggerate to get it.

I meet quite a lot of 90 year olds in my job and when I think what they have lived through and how stoical they are, I wonder if anyone from my generation will last that long!

Sorry for the gloom and doom.

PS Can anyone define a ping?

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Mood

Sometimes I wonder what will become of me and I feel quite sad. Ilove my husband dearly but he spends too much time asleep these days, usually in front of the televison. He’s not 55 yet but he behaves like an old, old man. My lovely girls will fly the nest before long and I think I could be very lonely. I think this is one of the reasons why I like twitter.com, it’s so lovely and random.

There must be million so of people worldwide who find company on the internet. It’s non judgemental,in the case of this blog no-one reads it anyway!

You can talk about or read about absolutely anything.

One of our patients has just lost his wife, they were together since they were 7 years old. They were married for 60 years. He’s such a lovely man. It’s so sad.

I was thinking today that maybe we whould go back to living in extended families again. There was an article on the news about people having to care for, or fund care for, their relatives. If you read Random Acts of
Reality you’ll see there is a lot of discussion about the ambulance service. The health service is failing. People are increasingly isolated and have no senior family members to consult. This is one of the reasons the services are stretched. There is no reserve of common sense to tap in to, no voice of experience .

A lot of students are having to live at home instead of moving out when they go to university. Maybe that’s a start.

Then there’s the drink problem. Is it because people are generally not that happy, because they think they should have more than they’ve got due to advertising? Take Christmas for example, that mad rush of spending and gorging and having a “good ” Christmas. Then , propbably because of disappointment and sheer boredom from a holiday in the dark of winter what next? Ah yes , the sales. Go and get in a queue , thrash about in crowds and buy things you don’t want or need, withoiut having the money to pay for them of course. Never mind Ocean Finance or similar will consoilidate your debts and give you a ” well deserved” holiday.You’ve got no money, you OWE money so, of course you DESERVE a holiday!

Oh dear, what a rant, must be my age I suppose.

One of my friends at work has got to have her bladder removed. She is so brave, she is so kind and such fun.

I have nominated her for a national honour but as she isn’t a sports person or a civil servant I doubt she’ll get it. She should though for the way she quietly does things for people purely out of the goodness of her heart.

I wish her luck, I hope she’ll be well looked after and won’t get MRSA or C Diff or any other free samples from the hospital. We will miss her so much and we will just be hoping for her to make a quick recovery so that she can come back to work and make us all laugh.

Published in: on January 10, 2007 at 9:16 pm  Comments (3)